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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Historical Linguistics
Written By: Lyle Campbell

Historical linguistics is the study of how and why language changes--both the methods of investigating language change and the theories designed to explain these changes. This accessible introductory text takes a hands-on, how-to approach, rather than just talking about the subject as many texts do. The book contains examples both from familiar European languages, to make the topics accessible, and from a variety of non-European languages, to illustrate the depth and range of the concepts. The book also covers a number of topics neglected by most texts, including syntactic change, methods for investigating distant genetic relationship, linguistic prehistory, and grammaticalization.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0262531593
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 424 p
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